So me and my 'double-lungs' still baby years growing in at 5 years post transplant...I have some catching up to do!!
Every year, I attend the annual Harefield Hospital Fun Run Fundraiser day and normally run a stall as most people know. This year, I wanted to simply enjoy it for what it was...take part in the run and have no pressures setting up/organising a stall. Also, that my life has been so manic and busy with world transplant games..sailing training etc..and I just need to say 'no' to doing some things. I am slowly learning to do this - though somewhat hard to at the same time...but necessary to allow my body 'rest' times too.
There are hundreds of people every year supporting this event from patients, staff, relatives and this year had exactely 1007 people turn up!
The day consisted of various things from children's races; fancy dress; aerobics warm up before the run with Shakin Stevens starting the race; Bollywood dancing; team tug of war; and other fun activities/trophy awards/raffle prizes.
In this photo:- left to right is David (whose son had a heart transplant), Rich, and Tim (both transplantees aswell).
I just love this piccie left to right:- Rich, Anne, Tim, Alan, Jill and I all still alive by generous people who signed the Organ Donor Register and gave us a 'second' chance to live.
Ok spot me in the crowd....actually the only warm I did was talking!! lol
Many various stalls were there on the day and I had a good nosey about :)
What I didn't capture was the torrential rain that happened about lunch time and I was actually quite grateful that I and the hundreds running did so before the outburst. However, some people did do 'laps' and were completely soaked through. It was great also that not only did I catch up with friends/staff at the hospital that a couple of my family came along too, Beverley and Roy. My parents were going to join - but my Dad is poorly at mo..so Dad, get well soon!! xx
The day is a huge event to organise and Desiree Zimmerman who works as a fundraiser for Harefield puts this together - so well done!